Saturday, 3 February 2018

Irish Decade Tour Round Up, Radio, and More...


Radio Interviews


Listen to Darren chatting to John Keane on KCLRFM about the sudden sad passing of The Cranberries singer Dolores O' Riordan.



Listen to Darren chatting to Mags on Salford Radio UK.



Listen to Darren chatting to Geoff Harris at WLR before heading off to Waterford for the show.



From the Archives

A TV performance, very early in his career, from Darren and his band Wanted. They perform his original songs Broken Ol' Guitar and After Tonight on RTE 1's Country Cool presented by Alan Corcoran back in 1995.







Happy New Year

The year is already a month old now, but this was a little Happy New Year message from the High Kings as they were about to kick off the second leg of the Irish Decade Tour after Christmas.



Decade Album of the Year

“Big thanks to Folknrock Magazine for awarding "Decade" as Compilation album of the year for 2017.” #hk18



Irish Tour Round Up

Armagh

“Thanks to a fantastic sold out Market Square Theatre in Armagh tonight for yet another very memorable show. You guys always show up in style!”


Enniskillen

“An amazing show tonight at the Ardhowen Theatre Enniskillen. Thanks to a great sold out audience.
Back at the hotel now watching The Dubliners 25th Anniversary 1987 Late Late Show special.
Them boys were the absolute best! No question.”





Belfast

“On route to the last HK show of the year at Ulster Hall, Belfast.”



“Always a pleasure to play the incredible Ulster Hall. One of our favourite places.” #hk #decade

Belfast! No words! Thank you so much for an unforgettable end to 2017 in your great city!” #highkings #decade



Omagh

“Fantastic night at Strule Arts Centre in Omagh. What a crowd! Really great to be back here again. Tonight's show was dedicated to one of our greatest legends on his 32nd Anniversary. #Philo.”



Carrick on Shannon

“Holy Moly Carrick on Shannon. That was off the scale tonight. Absolutely great crowd and way too much fun.
Thanks a million to you all for stuffing the house and bringing such volume with ya. We had a ball.” #hk18 #decade




Derry

Derry. You literally tear my heart apart every time we play here with that reaction for "your song". I am literally shaking after it. I will never be able to thank you enough for this feeling time and again at The Millennium Forum. There are no words. Just know I am forever grateful and blessed to get to sing this classic.” #town



“So many incredible messages to my official sites today. Really blown away. Thank you so much to you all.” #town #derry



Waterford

“High Kings piece in this weeks Munster Express newspaper in advance of our Theatre Royal show.”



“That was by a long shot, the best and loudest show we have played in Waterford. What an incredible audience. Definitely one of our favourite concerts of this tour so far.
Thanks to everyone for giving us a night to remember.”




Wexford

“Wexford! We are back in town and completely sold out tonight at your beautiful Opera House. Thank you for the amazing support.” #hk18 #decade

“Opera House Wexford!! What a night. Incredible. Could that get any louder?!
Thank you so much. That was everything we hoped for and much more.” #decade #hk18




Galway

“We have an incredible crew who work tirelessly to set up the stage for every show. We couldn't do it without them.
Big shout out to Bobby, Vivian, Jamie, Willie, Alan and Paddy.
Tonight we are once again sold out here in Galway.”




“The West was wide awake last night!

Galway! That was unreal. What a night. What a crowd! Absolutely brilliant fun.”

#hk18 #decade #galway

  


Ballina

“Ballina, that was fantastic. An amazing sellout crowd once again. Way too much fun. You guys were in stellar voice tonight.
Tullamore last night...,off the scale. Absolutely brilliant crowd.

Cheers to everyone for coming out in such large numbers to see us.”


Cork

The High Kings: “Thrilled to have to the Irish Navy LE NIAMH Engineering team who have just returned from Libya on a anti-human trafficking mission with us tonight here in the Cork Opera House.” #proud



Cork Opera House. Sold out. What a night. Fantastic crowd and a ton of surprises. Those two young chaps who jumped onstage to sing with us...wow. This Irish tour wraps up tomorrow night at UCH Limerick. Tonight...Athlone.”



Athlone

“Penultimate Irish tour date. Athlone.” #soldout #decade



“Athlone! Wow. Amazing. What a crowd. Crazy night!
Thank you!” #hk



Limerick

“Live from Limerick.” #dolores #townilovedsowell



The High Kings: “To finish an incredible couple of months touring in Ireland with 18/24 shows sold out, this is The Leaving of Liverpool.”



“From Mooncoin to Limerick and every city and town in between, thank you so much to the HK army for our biggest Irish tour to date.
Pic are UCL last night.”




Killarney Revisited!

Photos from the High Kings show in Killarney 9th December. Photos copyright Siobhan English. Thanks for sharing Siobhan.



Tour Dates

Please visit the High Kings website www.thehighkings.com for full Tour Schedule which is updated as new dates are announced and added.


 Irish Spring Dates just announced.


CLICK HERE for dates and venues.



German Tour currently underway.




US Dates coming up in March.






Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Mooncoin, Merry Christmas, and More....


Christmas Message From Darren




Darren Goes Home to Mooncoin

“Very humbled by the hometown support for tomorrow night. Looking forward to going home and having a great show!” #mooncoingaa #highkings


Darren 'hurling through Kilkenny' as the lads are followed from backstage at Mooncoin GAA and he's welcomed home. #homegig #decadetour


Darren with a very special and emotional performance of 'Rose of Mooncoin', for the people of Mooncoin, during the High Kings show at Mooncoin GAA . This was the opening show of the High Kings Decade Tour 8th December 2017. 
Thanks to Trystan Russell for recording and sharing the video.


Oh Maggie


The High Kings: "Live from Mooncoin, 'Brennan on the Moor' & 'The Town I Love So Well'."


Darren has a heartfelt message for the people of his home village of Mooncoin, following the High Kings show at Mooncoin GAA 8th December 2017. The perfect way to open the 10th Anniversary tour, Darren's first time performing in his home village in over 20 years. What a night it was!



Photos copyright Joe Cashin Photography



Christmas with Darren and the High Kings

A couple of original songs written by Darren with his friend from the Movin’ Out band, Bryan Steele.





Driving Home For Christmas



The song was originally recorded, along with Santa Claus is Coming to Town, for the Celtic Woman Christmas album back in 2008.



Driving Home For Christmas is now available to buy and download from iTunes



Santa Claus is Coming to Town



Decade Irish Tour

The Decade Irish Tour kicked off in Mooncoin, but they've already got a few more dates under their belt before pausing for a short break over Christmas.

Killarney

The High Kings: “T-minus one minute til Showtime. #thekingdom #decadetour”


Black Velvet Band Live from INEC Killarney


"INEC to Dublin"



Vicar Street - Dublin

"Vicar St. One of the great nights in the High Kings history. Literally thought the place would explode with the volume from you guys. Absolutely incredible crowd. Another unforgettable show from the opening weekend of the "Decade" tour. Very humbled by the standing ovation for "Town". Always great to have family and friends in."


The High Kings: “Just one of the many highlights from our Vicar Street show last weekend. Great start to our #decadetour.”



Letterkenny

Listen to Darren and the lads in the Ocean FM studios with Pauric Byrne this afternoon. There's a lovely little 'White Christmas' intro and a short interview with performances of Rocky Road to Dublin and Marie's Wedding


The Auld Triangle


"Letterkenny! Another sold out fantastic audience tonight. Thanks for coming out to spend your Friday night with us.
Loving our new stage gear"



Cookstown

"Sunday dinner with Santy."


  
"Thanks Cookstown! 2 great nights at the Burnavon Theatre. See ya next year."


Tour Dates

Dates are already starting to fill up the calendar for early next year with tours in Germany, the USA, and a couple of new Vicar Street Dublin shows already announced.

Check out www.thehighkings.com regularly to make sure you don't miss out!





That's all the news from us in 2017! We'll be back in the new year as the Irish Tour continues after the Christmas break up in the north.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

Thank you for your continued support.

Darren & the DH Team



Sunday, 17 December 2017

Promo, TV , Karaoke, Belgium and Holland...


Message From Darren

A little video message from Darren.




Woman's Way Interview

“Mam will be delighted!

I'm in this weeks edition of "Womans Way" magazine on shelves today.”



Zuid West FM Interview

Listen to Darren chatting to Mario on Zuid West FM's Spotlight, ahead of the Netherlands tour.




Maasland Radio Interview

Listen to Darren chatting on the phone with Melanie for her 'Mel in de Morgan' show on Maasland Radio ahead of the Netherlands tour.




Folk 'n' Rock Interview

Folk n Rock interview Darren and Finbarr as they look back at the past 10 years.

Click the photo to read the full interview.



Facebook Live Performances and Q&A

“Tune into The High Kings Official page for an FB Live broadcast. There will be live songs and fan Q&A too!!” #Decade



Watch the recording of the High Kings FB Live! There's a Q&A and they perform a few songs with guest member George, including, Rocky Road to Dublin, Black Velvet Band, Town I Loved So Well and Parting Glass!




Galway Bay FM

Listen to Darren and the lads chatting with Keith Finnegan and performing a couple of songs live in the studios of Galway Bay FM.



Wexford

Listen to the High Kings chatting to Alan Corcoran on South East Radio in Wexford. Includes in studio performances of Kelly the Boy From Killane, Raglan Road from George, and Rising of the Moon.



Waterford

Listen to the High Kings chatting with Geoff Harris at WLR FM Waterford, also includes them performing Rocky Road to Dublin, Marie's Wedding, and Whiskey in the Jar in studio and a short clip of Homeland from Decade.


A little clip of the High Kings performing at Golden Discs in Waterford.



Photo and video copyright Trystan Russell.



Whiskey in the Jar


  
“Some great pics from our appearance in Waterford.”



Tipp FM Inteview

Listen to the High Kings chatting to Fran Curry and performing a couple of songs on Tipp FM's Today Show.




Decade Release USA and Canada

Fans in The US and Canada, the wait is over! Decade is available for download and purchase in your stores!! #Decade #hk17



“Back in the US Billboard Chart.” #hkusa



Irish Echo Interview

Big thanks to Colleen Taylor in the USA for this great piece in the Irish Echo.





Carpool Karaoke

This is what happens when 4 kings are shut in a car on a road trip! Darren and the lads on route to Wexford Golden Discs yesterday. Carpool Karaoke, videos courtesy of Brian!



Part 2!





RTE Today Show

“On route to RTE Cork for The Afternoon Show.”



“The High Kings back on your telly boxes.” #rtetoday #Decade



A few stills from the High Kings performance on the RTE Today Show.





Happy Thanksgiving

“Wishing all of our fans and friends in the USA a very Happy Thanksgiving. Have a great day.”

A personal Happy Thanksgiving message from Darren and the lads!




Nathan Carter Show

Nathan Carter: "The High Kings, what a band and what a bunch of amazing musicians. The energetic and top class band, The High Kings join me on stage this week for my incredible finale. I can guarantee you won’t want to miss it!" #nathancartershow #thanksnathan



Watch the High Kings performing on the Nathan Carter Show season finale. They perform Leaving of Liverpool as well as Beeswings with Nathan. Broadcast 26 November 2017.



Some video stills from the High Kings performance on the Nathan Carter Show broadcast 26th November.





Belgium & Holland Tour

Brussels

“Sprout and about in Brussels last night.”



Brussels! That was special! What a way to kick off the last European dates of the "Grace & Glory" tour. You guys were fantastic! Cheers for singing along with me on "I think I love you" in tribute to David Cassidy.

A really great night.

Onwards to Amsterdam.”




Amsterdam

Amsterdam you never disappoint us. A fantastic crowd in a stunning setting. Always a pleasure to visit this incredible city and country.” #hk17



Hoogerheide

“So tonight before the encore in Hoogerheide, Holland, some very nice HK fans came to the stage and presented us with limited edition oversized bottles of Grolsch! Cheers” #notgonnaopenit



“Not a bad view from my room.” #holland #saturday



A couple of press articles from Hoogerheide.





The Hague

“Oude Kerk, Sheveningen! What an amazing show to wrap up our tour of The Netherlands tonight. A beautiful old church, packed to capacity by the loudest gang of folksters we've encountered in quite some time. That was fun. Big thanks to Marcel and everyone at Rise for taking great care of us on this tour.

Final show of the "Grace & Glory" tour is tomorrow night in Turnhout, Belgium.”


Photo copyright Tex CLICK HERE to see the rest of Tex’s photos.



Turnout

Red is the Rose from the final show of the Grace & Glory tour.



“206 shows and thousands of miles later, the Grace & Glory tour ended last night in Turnhout, Belgium. Thanks to everyone who made the album and tour so special. We will see you soon.”


That's the round up of all the news for now. The High Kings are back home in Ireland preparing for the start of their 18 month 10th Anniversary Tour, kicking off in Darren's home village of Mooncoin!

Remember, dates are always announced on the High Kings official sites first, so keep checking their website and Facebook page for more dates being added. You can see all the dates currently announced for Ireland and Germany here. www.thehighkings.com

We'll be back soon will all the news from the start of the Irish Tour in our Christmas Special newsletter soon. Until then....



Thanks for your continued support.

Darren and the DH Team